Sweet Or Savory: Exploring The Fig Fruit
The fig is a delicious fruit enjoyed around the world. It lends itself easily to sweet and savory dishes, so it’s no wonder why many chefs love to feature it on their menus. Not too familiar with the fruit? While online cooking school can help you learn more, here is a rundown of what you need to know to start cooking with figs:
Figs can be found in a variety of colors. From green to purple, these species make up an assortment of flavor profiles. A few types are called Italian black, celeste and lemon figs. Other popular species are the mission, brown turkey, adriatic, calimyrna and kadota varieties.
When at the grocery store or farmers market, look for varieties that have a rich color and are blemish free. You want the fruit to be soft but not mushy, and it should have a fragrant smell. Store your fresh figs in a single layer, since they can easily bruise when bunched together in the refrigerator.
On their own – Figs taste great after being cleaned and chopped into bite-sized pieces.
Prosciutto-wrapped – Figs can be paired with sweet and savory accompaniments alike. Wrap the fruit in salty prosciutto over goat cheese, and roast for a few minutes to have a sweet and savory snack.
Wine-infused – For an adult version, quarter your figs and place them in a mason jar. Top with brandy or red wine and you have something to pair with ice cream and other desserts.
Preserved – You can preserve your own figs into jams and chutneys to enjoy when not in season.
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